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Tortoise leaf beetle

Paropsisterna gloriosa

Description:

This delightful multicolored beetle looks like the canvas of a child artist. It has four yellow dots outlined in black and a yellow skirt. The back and eyebrows are red.

Habitat:

It has waited until the last day of 2013 to be discovered, a solitary beetle on a eucalyptus

Notes:

A small ant was not pleased with its presence but they can tuck their antennae and toes under their shell, just like a tortoise and are not really bothered. One here found in Heyfield VIC http://www.bugblitz.com.au/bugs/class_in... another found in Wyanbebe NSW http://www.flickr.com/photos/couchy/5563...

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16 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Mark.
I understand that Tasmania has only nobilitata and not gloriosa or annularis so that link can lead you astray.
I's scary how many wrong things I 'knew'.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Your Tas link has Paropsisterna nobilitata... (with TonyD's approval) what do you think?

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

I didn't check for that theory Mark. These colors certainly beg for an explanation.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Are you sure the ant didn't have a paintbrush in it's pocket?

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

I was quite excited to see this Shanna. Its one beetle that I didn't expect to find. Last day of 2013 but well worth the wait.

ShannaB
ShannaB 7 years ago

Oh Martin, this one's an absolute corker. I'm so jealous!!!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Reiko and Scott.
Happily there were no parasites, the ants just don't like sharing their space.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Well, that's the nature of nature...

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

I hope it is not a parasitic wasp to destroy this beautiful creature....

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Hey, Reiko, you've given me an idea.
Actually, I don't think I could paint it that well.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Tom15
It sure is a spectacular one.
Here is its distribution map.
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

It looks like you have painted it. So very beautiful. Congratulation for your wonderful spotting.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Lauren
Thanks Jason

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Great looking beetle! Looks like an artist designed it:-)

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago

Awesome! The most colorful tortoise beetle I have known.. Thanks for sharing!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Amazing! It does look just like it was colored with crayons by a child! Love it.

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 31, 2013
Submitted on Dec 31, 2013

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